The “Fit Mom” Lashes Out Against The Plus Size Community

In a post published by TIME the ‘Fit Mom’ Maria Kang writes, “While I accept Facebook’s explanation that the post was pulled down automatically…it’s amazing to me that a company that hosts so much conversation and debate isn’t far more proactive about making sure that controversial views don’t get squelched on its network. It’s also amazing, frankly, that it took such a long time to get reinstated. Most disturbing, however, is that we now apparently live in a culture where other people deliberately try to and feel entitled to censor speech they dislike by labeling it hateful.”

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She continues, “Have we really created a society so sensitive and weak that we cry ‘hate speech’ whenever someone points out the fine line we’re walking as a nation by promoting a healthy body image above actual health? Has the growing movement promoting ‘fat acceptance’ and even ‘fat pride’ gone so far that now we need a countervailing movement promoting ‘fit pride’?”Did she just call us weak? She could not live one day in our plus size shoes!This society is already very hateful towards the plus size community. We have had to become professional online customers since many brick and mortar stores do not want to carry plus size clothing, and most of the time when they do, it’s boxy, ill-fitting and in some corner of the store. While the plus size community has made great strides, we have fought for every inch of progress we have made. We have created our own opportunities since they have not been afforded to us. We have our own magazines, fashion week, models, designers, events and leaders who are committed to the cause. The cause being, equal rights for plus size people every where.

Fit pride itself is not hateful, but when it comes out of the mouth of someone who is obviously judging and inciting for people to hate on us, yes it is hateful! I’m pretty sure Maria Kang walks by many healthy “looking” people that are rotting inside. Yes, there are plus size people who are not healthy, but there are also skinny people with abs and rock hard arms that are not healthy either.

I don’t feel bad that her post was taken down and they should have kept it down. What she does is her business, and we are fine with that, but now you know that when you come after the plus size community you are going to get push back from all of us. After our original post ” ‘Fit Mom’ Versus ‘Curvy Girl’: Can You Really Tell What A Person’s Health Is By Looking At Their Size?” we received many messages of self love, pride and the overwhelming need for women in today’s society to love themselves every second of every day and not hate on their bodies. We are not sensitive or weak, we simply have come together and will not allow the hate to continue.

Read the entire TIME post here.

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